Cougar Chest

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Project by KelSnake posted 10-30-2014 02:43 PM 2312 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Cougar Chest

I was looking around the shop one day looking to make something small to take to art shows. I had wanted to make something that looked like a miniature dresser and red seemed like a bright colour to catch your eye. I scrounged around and found some material, a mish mash of plywood and Pine/Cedar with Maple for the wheel and dial parts. There is a bit of a tongue-in-cheek humour there with the chest colour being red as there is an awareness that some mature women can go through a red phase, mature/older women, ...cougar. Ok, it was funnier at the time. ;)

The cougar that is woodburned on top is the only clue to the code that is required to entered into the 6 dials found between the drawers. To help keep it simple The word COUGAR is then compared to your telephone key pad and you will find that the letters convert to the numbers 268427. The only other paramater of this locking device is that the dials can either be positioned in or out doubling the number of possibilities. In this case, the even numbers stay in and the odd numbers will be pulled out. Once the dials are properly alinged you pull the knob on the right and the two drawers will now be free to open. Just for a bit of fun I decided to add wheels to these short drawers as an experiment, seemed to work pretty good I will report.

With a little bit of tweeking this design could have it so that each drawer opens on it own setting.

Once built, I painted it with two coats of red paint and then when it was dry I sanded the corners and edges, added wear patterns and rusticated the whole piece just enough to give it a bit of age. I tried different knobs on it (as seen in the above pics) but went with the iron knobs.

-- Kel Snake, ~ Mystery By Design ~ Find me on Etsy ~

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#1 posted 10-30-2014 02:47 PM

Well it sure caught my eye… Very nice….

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#2 posted 10-30-2014 02:49 PM

Thanks G!

-- Kel Snake, ~ Mystery By Design ~ Find me on Etsy ~

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#3 posted 10-30-2014 04:12 PM

Not my first thought when I saw “Cougar Chest” but it is a nice project! Red works well!

-- Dennis, WV

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#4 posted 10-31-2014 12:20 AM

What a great idea, thanks for sharing.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#5 posted 10-31-2014 12:39 AM

It looks nice. I don’t think it will fit a cougar. Maybe a kitten? ;)

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#6 posted 10-31-2014 12:53 AM

Hey thanks Guys!

-- Kel Snake, ~ Mystery By Design ~ Find me on Etsy ~

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